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Lutheran West 62, Wellington 56
By Emilie Hausmann staff
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ROCKY RIVER --  Defense was the key in the Longhorns’ win over opponent Wellington at the Rock on Tuesday night. The Lutheran West Men’s Basketball team played a consistently aggressive defense throughout the game – so aggressive that they were called for 12 fouls in the first 14 minutes – but in the end, sealed the 62-56 victory for LW.
Facing a seven-point deficit with 2:10 left in the first half, the Longhorns stepped up their play and seized control of the game. West took command, limited their fouls to only one in the last four minutes of the half, and closed out the quarter on an 11-0 run. They carried that momentum and defense into the next half, going on a 10-2 run, and eventually building their lead to 45-33 with less than five minutes on the clock.
Coach Alan Januzzi commented after the win, “I thought that we had weathered the storm at halftime. We got through the foul situation and we closed out the half extremely well. We carried that momentum into the locker room and then we brought it back out in the third quarter. We came out in the second half and we turned it on defensively. Without a doubt, the second half was our best defensive effort of the season.”
The Longhorns’ second half defense limited the Dukes to 25 points and kept Wellington more than four points off the lead for the rest of the game. They forced Wellington to make mistakes, including 17 turnovers throughout the four quarters, and in turn, the team capitalized and scored on offense.
Senior Chris Ranc led Longhorn scorers with 16 points while sophomore Andrew O’Hara contributed 12. In addition, senior Dan Hillenbrand grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds in the win. The Longhorns move to 7-8 on the season and 6-5 in PAC-12 play.
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W, 80-19
Fri 12/7/12
L, 52-49
Tue 12/11/12
L, 44-43
Fri 12/14/12
W, 63-59
Tue 12/18/12
W, 66-60
Sat 12/22/12
L, 47-43
Fri 1/4/13
W, 68-60
Tue 1/8/13
L, 64-62
Fri 1/11/13
L, 69-53
Tue 1/15/13
L, 67-46
Fri 1/18/13
L, 77-64
Tue 1/22/13
W, 71-60
Fri 1/25/13
W, 83-42
Tue 1/29/13
W, 62-56
Fri 2/1/13
W, 58-32
Tue 2/5/13
L, 79-70
Fri 2/8/13
W, 58-43
2012-13 Coach Alan Januzzi
2011-12 through 2014-15

Lutheran West
3850 Linden Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116-4099

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